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Debating Dialect Essays on the Philosophy of Dialect Study by Robert J. Penhallurick

Debating Dialect Essays on the Philosophy of Dialect Study


Debating Dialect Essays on the Philosophy of Dialect Study by Robert J. Penhallurick

A collection of essays dealing with the fundamental issues in the study of dialect. This text offers critiques of orthodox views about dialect and dialectology, and as such is designed both to complement standard introductory volumes on dialectology and to refine understanding of the term dialect . The main topics covered in the work are: the origins and meanings of standard English and its relationship with perceptions of dialect; the treatment of dialect in literature; the role of the dialectologist in descriptions of the accent of British English; Received Pronunciation; the history of dialectology; correspondences between dialectology and deconstruction; and the principle constructs of dialectology - the object of study and the dialectologist.


'No other collection has been bold enough to tackle the subject with such breadth and comprehensiveness before ... It succeeds admirably in breaking down barriers and opening up new avenues for the study of varieties of English' - Professor J. D. A. Widdowson (Director, National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, University of Sheffield)'

About the Author

Robert Penhallurick is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Wales Swansea as well as the curator of the Archive of Welsh English. He is the author of The Anglo-Welsh Dialects of North Wales (1991), Gowerland and its Language (1994), and many articles on dialect and dialectology.

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Publication date

21st December 2000


Robert J. Penhallurick

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University of Wales Press


180 pages


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